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ActiveWestminster Sports Club Newsletter – 2 July, 2020

In this month’s newsletter, we’ve put together the usual ensemble of the latest funding, volunteering and ActiveWestminster Mark news, as well as information on courses and resources and sector related announcements.

To kick off, we’re starting with a featured post about two recently launched public consultations.

Featured Update: ActiveWestminster Launch Digital Consultations

On Monday 15th June, ActiveWestminster launched two digital consultations for a proposed new ‘CycloPlay’ facility and refurbished Dog Exercise Area at Paddington Recreation Ground.

Both consultations are the first to be administered primarily online and have so far had an excellent response rate.

Nevertheless,  our Relationship Officer – Insight, Laura Quayle, who lead the development of the digital consultations is keen to get as many diverse responses as possible, “We have had an excellent response from our first all-digital public consultations. The CycloPlay public consultation has received fantastic feedback. If you want to have your say and have your opinions heard, the consultations are open for another 2 weeks”.

Have your say by completing the Dog Exercise Area consultation or the CycloPlay consultation online, or request a paper consultation.

Both consultations will close at midnight on Monday 13th July 2020.

ActiveWestminster Mark News

We’re delighted to announce that the following local organisations have all recently attained their ActiveWestminster Mark:

  • Chelsea & Westminster Swim Club
  • FC Marylebone
  • Rathbone Boxing Club
  • Regents Park Rangers

 The ActiveWestminster Mark is a 2-year accreditation awarded to independent coaches, clubs or organisations. Those who have been awarded the mark are proven to provide quality physical activity leisure and/or sport services by meeting by a range of quality standards set by the Council’s Physical Activity, Leisure and Sport (PALS) team, including health and safety, coaching qualifications and insurance.

Updated CPSU safeguarding Resources

The CPSU have updated their COVID-19 and Safeguarding in Sport page. This includes links to Government guidance about the phased return to outdoor sport and coaching. Find out more about the update here.
The CPSU also have training pages with a wealth of information and advice from choosing the right training course for your role to continual professional development, which is accessible here

Ann Craft Trust COVID-19 Resources

The Ann Craft Trust  have also been thinking about safeguarding in Sport as the lockdown is lifted.As people have adapted to new systems and regulations, a number of safeguarding issues came to light and have been identified.

To address some of these issues the Ann Craft Trust have compiled a list of useful resources to support sports clubs and organisations, which are available here.

For further information about the ActiveWestminster Mark, please visit the ActiveWestminster Mark page or get in touch with Ian Bannister, Relationship Officer – Sport.

Courses and Resources

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Club Matters Supporting the Return to Activity

To address some of the uncertainty around how people and clubs can safely return to activity Club Matters has developed a new suite of resources, including support in the following areas:

  • Return to activity action plan
  • Re-imagining your offer
  • Understanding your people toolkit
  • Re-engaging your volunteers
  • Risk management templates.

You can access the resources here.

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Free UK Coaching Mental Health Awareness Course

This accredited course, which is normally £18, is now free until the 31st August 2020.

Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity
The course takes between 2 – 3 hours to complete, is worth 3 CIMPSA CPD points and comprises four modules focusing on

  • Building resilience
  • Adapting sessions,
  • Supporting mental health recovery
  • Tackling stigma and discrimination.

Certificates will be available to download upon completion.  More details can be found here.

Further Resources

Create Accessible Home Activities 
Online resources and information from the Activity Alliance on adapting activities in the home to be more accessible . Access the guide here.
Tackle Inactivity with Speedy Home Production Sessions
The Get Yourself Active team at DRUK are hosting a series of  short 15-20 minute co-production webinars over the next two months to help tackle inactivity amongst disabled people. Watch the recordings or sign up to join live here.
Introducing Crowdfunding For Sports
Crowdfunder have created a webinar covering the basics, tips and tricks around crowdfunding for sport. There are spaces to attend the webinar across a range of dates between June and September 2020. Find out more here.


The National Lottery Community Fund have made the decision to focus their efforts on providing support and relief to organisation affecting by Covid-19.

As such, they have paused applications to the National Lottery All Awards fund and are now encouraging anyone who needs access to emergency funding of less than £10,000 to apply to the  COVID-19 funding under £10,000 – including Coronavirus Community Support Fund.

Other funding opportunities include:

The Hargreaves Foundation: Funding for Sport and Education Projects Benefiting Disadvantaged Children and Young People

The fund is aimed at supporting organisations giving those under the age of 18, and living with a mental health problem, physical disability, or growing up in poverty, the opportunity to fulfil their potential, improving wellbeing, self-esteem and independence. Grants will only be allocated to fund defined projects, initiatives or the purchase of specific items and wherever possible payments will be made directly to suppliers.

The foundation welcomes applications from:

  • Registered Charities
  • Schools & FE Colleges
  • NHS Trusts

For projects & Initiatives that are:

  • One-off, time-limited or events
  • Could include training for staff / volunteers
  • Residential activities
  • Benefit under 18s

Currently, there is no set minimum or maximum grant size. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Apply here.

Communities Foundation:  Community Action Fund (England)

The FCC Community Action Fund provides grants to not-for-profit organisations for amenity projects eligible under Object D of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF).

Only applications for projects sited within 10 miles of an eligible FCC Environment waste facility can be accepted, you can check if you are located near an eligible site by clicking Apply and completing the pre-application eligibility check.

To be eligible for funding, projects must provide, maintain or improve a public amenity such as:

  •  Community Centres
  •  Public Play Areas
  •  Publicly available Multi use games areas;
  •  Skate parks and BMX tracks;
  •  Sport and recreation grounds including pavilions and clubhouses with full public access.
  • Project to be located within 10 miles of a licensed landfill site

The size of the grant awarded is between £2,000 – £100,000. Applications need to be submitted before 5pm, Wednesday 2nd September 2020. Find out more here

Sport England: Active Together – £1m crowdfunding support

Sport England are committing another £1 million to combating the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) on sports clubs and community activity groups, in the form of match funding through Crowdfunder.
The match investment aims to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

To be eligible to apply, organisations must be:

  • Local sports clubs,
  • Charities, community, voluntary and social enterprise sector organisations that deliver sport and/or physical activity in their community, including organisations that are not solely or primarily sports organisations,
  • For the benefit of people residing in England.

No deadline has been set, however you will need to set up a Crowdfunder to receive a pledge. Sport England will match funding of up to 50% towards the initial crowdfunding target, up to a maximum of £10,000. Find out more and apply here.

The National Lottery Community Fund: COVID-19 funding over £10,000 – including Coronavirus Community Support Fund

TNLCF are distributing government funding alongside National Lottery funding, to support community organisations deliver services to people and communities affected by COVID-19. Grants are expected to cover approximately six months of expenditure. And there are specific types of project that will be given priority.

You can only apply once for COVID-19 emergency funding in England, so please make sure that you’re applying for what you need. Although you can apply if you already have existing grants with The National Lottery Community Fund. Applicants with priority include:

  • People-led organisations
  • Organisations connecting and supporting communities through Covid-19
  • Organisations providing support to vulnerable people through Covid-19

This list is by no means exhaustive. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. Awards are for grants between £10,000 – £100,000
Apply here.

Volunteering News

From the first week of June, Team Westminster Active celebrated Volunteers’ Week and they have a little message to share with all of you who supported the cause.

Westminster Connects

In response to Covid-19, Westminster City Council set up Westminster Connects to help connect volunteers to those needing support. The council has received an overwhelming response from both the community groups as well as residents who are keen to offer help and welcome you to sign up to lend your time and skills. Find out more and become a volunteer here. 

We Are Not Spectators

London Sport have released a new video campaign, “We Are Not Spectators”

The campaign shares the stories of community sport groups and how they have continued to support London during the covid-19 lockdown. 

Send in your story or create your own content for the campaign to get involved and tag London Sport in social media posts you create for Twitter or Instagram, using the #WeAreNotSpectators hashtag.

Sport Work Design Research

A student at Coventry University is conducting dissertation research exploring impact of work design on the rate of sports staff turnover.

The project aims to build on the Labour Market Intelligence Report, produced by CIMSPA in 2017.  If you or your staff work as a personal trainer, plant operator, lifeguard, manager, or any other similar role, please contribute your experiences to the study here.

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